Friday, May 15, 2015

The New Jersey State Bar Convention Day Three: Remarks by Paulette Brown ABA president -elect

Paulette Brown makes opening remarks at the final day of the New Jersey State Bar Convention.

From the ABA website

ABA nominates Paulette Brown as first woman of color president

CHICAGO, Feb. 10, 2014 — Paulette Brown, a labor and employment law partner and chief diversity officer with the Morristown, N.J., office of Edwards Wildman Palmer, was nominated today as the American Bar Association's president-elect for 2014-15. If elected by the ABA House of Delegates in August, she will become, in August 2015, the first woman of color and third African-American to serve as ABA president.

ABA President-Elect Paulette Brown speaks during the final day of the New Jersey State Bar Association Convention. Former NJSBA presidents Paris P. Eliades, Ralph Lamparello in audience along with NJSBA executive director Angela Scheck and Wayne Positan, 2006 NJSBA president 

As a candidate for the president-elect position, Brown said the ABA should prepare itself to be more inclusive. "Just as the U.S. Constitution has been amended to safeguard our liberties, the ABA must continue to respect and include lawyers in all practice areas and types, from solo practitioners to members of our largest international law firms, as well as public servants and in-house counsel," she said.
Brown has held many positions throughout her career, including as in-house counsel to a number of Fortune 500 companies and as a municipal court judge. In private practice, she has focused on all facets of labor and employment and commercial litigation.
Brown has been recognized by the New Jersey Law Journal as one of the prominent women and minority attorneys in the state of New Jersey and by the National Law Journal as one of "The 50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America." She has been listed as a NJ Super Lawyer since its inception and for the past three years as one of the top 50 women lawyers and one of the top 100 lawyers.

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